Our adoption journey has definitely hit a milestone: our little girl was born today!
I have been awake for 36 hours now and I have a night with a baby girl ahead of me so I bet this will be shorter than I envisioned it. I do, however, want to make our formal introductions:
I am waiting a bit before showing her picture publicly so this is the moment we introduced her to our boys.
I would love to tell you the story of her name, Anna Madeline.
Anna was a woman who met baby Jesus at the temple when he was dedicated. Anna means “God has favored me” or “highly favored of God”
Madeline is a derivative of Magdalene, Mary Magdalene was a devout follower of Jesus in his ministry. Both women were devout followers of Jesus.
She is favored by God and a devout follower of Jesus.
We picked Anna after my longest-lasting, best friend. We chose it long ago but had NO clue what the meaning was until this past Christmas season.
The birth mother picked Madeline. Said she just always wanted to name a daughter Madeline (after the book character).
We had originally chosen Anna Caroline (Caroline is my mother’s middle name) and when the mother told us she wanted to name the baby I told her I had a name picked out but that I’d be willing to consider her suggestion. When she said Madeline I almost fainted… that’s Matt’s mother’s middle name!
So we happily changed it to Anna Madeline – which means that she’ll have an “M” middle name like all her brothers! When I told the mother how cool all of this was she wrote back, “See? It’s meant to be!”
And to close, here is a picture of the person our Anna’s being named after. Isn’t she pretty?!?